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The Pleasure of the Text (Paperback)

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By Roland Barthes, Richard Miller (Translated by)
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(LITERARY CRITICISM)

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"Text means tissue." Skin, y'all. And what is sexier than a flash of skin you weren't supposed to see? Barthes thinks what's going on between a writer and a reader is a seduction. I've never written so many exclamation points in a book in my damn life. Lit crit that is emphatically NOT boring!

— From Stephanie

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What is it that we do when we enjoy a text? What is the pleasure of reading? The French critic and theorist Roland Barthes's answers to these questions constitute "perhaps for the first time in the history of criticism . . . not only a poetics of reading . . . but a much more difficult achievement, an erotics of reading . . . . Like filings which gather to form a figure in a magnetic field, the parts and pieces here do come together, determined to affirm the pleasure we must take in our reading as against the indifference of (mere) knowledge." --Richard Howard

About the Author


Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French cultural and literary critic, whose clever and lyrical writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the leading movements of the twentieth century. Barthes had a cult following and published seventeen books, including Camera Lucida, Mythologies, and A Lover's Discourse.

Praise For…


“Barthes repeatedly compared teaching to play, reading to eros, writing to seduction. His voice became more and more personal, more full of grain, as he called it; his intellectual art more openly a performance, like that of the other great anti-systematizers . . . All of Barthes work is an exploration the histrionic or ludic; in many ingenious modes, a plea for savor, for a festive (rather than dogmatic or credulous) relation to ideas. For Barthes, the point is to make us bold, agile, subtle, intelligent, detached. And to give pleasure.” —Susan Sontag


Product Details
ISBN: 9780374521608
ISBN-10: 0374521603
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Publication Date: January 1st, 1975
Pages: 80
Language: English